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Otter-like animals have inhabited the earth for the last 30 million years and over the years have undergone subtle changes to the carnivore bodies to exploit the rich aquatic environment.

Otters are members of the Mustelid family which includes badgers, polecats, martens, weasels, stoats and mink.

You can find out more about each of the 13 species below and check out their current conservation status in the Red Data List.

You can find out more about each species in “Otters of the World” available at the Ottershop.

World of Otters

Our interactive map of otter locations around the world.

Southern River Otter (Lontra provocax)

SIZE 1 - 1.2 m
WEIGHT up to 9kg
DIET Mainly fish, crustaceans and molluscs
GESTATION Unknown
CUBS 1-6
HABITAT Lakes, rivers, rainforest, marshes and marine coastline
CONSERVATION STATUS: Endangered Click here


Photo: Jose Luis Bartheld

This is a mainly freshwater species and found only in the southern parts of Chile and western Argentina, although in Chile it does also feed in the marine environment.  This otter lives in rivers, lakes and lagoons within dense forests. Its diet consists of fresh water crustaceans, fish, bivalves and it will even take birds.

Distribution of the Southern River Otter (Lontra provocax)

Data based on Otters of the World (IOSF 2015)